LAHORE, Aug 10 (APP): Defending Champions Punjab Colours set a showdown
with sister team Whites in the final of the National U18 hockey championship after
winning their respective semi finals here on Thursday at the National hockey stadium.
The two Punjab sides had contrasting wins as Punjab Colours completely
outplayed Pakistan Boards putting in a dozen goals without reply. Punjab Whites were
fully stretched by the fighting Islamabad. It was 1-1 after 60 minutes. In the penalty
shoot out, Punjab team managed a 2-1 win.
The holders and the runaway favourites completely dominated the
proceedings. They attacked relentlessly and scored goals via open play as well as of
Hamra Latif, was again Punjab Colours’ main scorer with seven goals.
Other goals were shared by Areeba Sarwar 2, Faiqa Riaz, Nida Asghar & Iqra Hanif.
The match between Punjab Whites and Islamabad turned out to be a real
cliff hanger. The two evenly matched sides were engaged in a good up and down battle.
Punjab Whites went ahead through their prolific scorer Sharika Sarwar in
the 24th minute via a penalty corner.
But the girls from the federal capital were level within five minutes; also via a
PC. Beenish Zafar was their goal scorer.
Half time: 1-1
The second half also saw a keenly contested game. Both sides had their
chances but neither managed to avail any. It came down to shoot out. Here, Punjab
girls managed to prevail with a narrow 2-1 win.
Final will be played tomorrow, Friday at 04:30 pm and the third position
match at 8 am between Islamabad and Pakistan Boards.